Mary Ann Brabec, born Jan 2, 1930 to Edwin T. Bashe and Magdalene Masin Bashe, passed away peacefully January 26, 2021 at her long-time home in Bensenville, IL.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Frank J. Brabec, son Frank E. Brabec (Sheri), daughter Therese M. Ciskoski, and three grandchildren, Frank and Sheri’s kids Loren Brabec Pusateri (Tom), Frank D. Brabec, and Magdalyn Brabec. Her sister Patricia Chovanec (Don) also mourns her loss.
Born on Chicago’s southwest side, Mary Ann was a lifetime fan of the Chicago White Sox. She was baptised at Blessed Agnes Parish (now Saint Agnes of Bohemia), and attended school at Providence High School before going off to College at Le Clerc University in Belleville IL, near St. Louis MO.
Returning to the Chicago area, she met WW II Navy veteran Frank at a dance in Pilsen Park, and after a period of courtship, were married in January of 1955.
Shortly thereafter, they had a house constructed in the then distant suburb of Bensenville and got busy raising their family. In addition to being a full-time homemaker, Mary Ann was active volunteering at the Holy Ghost Parish school, and began a life-long association with the Council of Catholic Women, first at the parish level, and eventually serving as the Joliet Diocessan President from 1975-1977. A full talley of all the positions in which she served is too lengthy to list, but is included at the end of this obituary.
In October 2020, she was recognised with the Bishop Imesch Service Award. The Award is given to deserving leaders of the JDCCW who have served on the local, deanery, diocesan, and national levels.
“Mary Ann has been a wonderful example of leadership and service on all those levels,” said the members of the Council as they presented the award, of which she was very proud and made her quite happy.
She was also involved, along with her long-time friend Marie Palmer, in establishing the Council’s Bishop Blanchette Scholarship fund, which helps selected college students further their educational goals. To date, more than 185 students and their families have received scholarship awards.
One of her lifelong passions was the love of travel. From family vacations by car to eventually enjoying cruises to various destinations, Mary Ann managed to fit in visits to almost all seven continents, save Africa and Antarctica.
Mary Ann served for many years as an Election Judge at the various local polling sites, along with husband Frank.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 8:30-10:30 am at Geils Funeral Home in Wood Dale, followed by an 11 am Mass at Holy Ghost Church, then burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you would consider a donation to help others in dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, a terrible affliction which affected our family at the end of Mary Ann’s life.
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